Beginning ≠ End

I’ve been meditating on the fact that where we start is not necessarily where we end up. This is true in a good way–people come out of awful circumstances and reach great heights. For example, we recently watched “Spare Parts,” a true story about Latino high school students in a poor, crime-ridden community. Although they came from a disadvantaged background, they managed to develop an underwater robot that … Continue reading Beginning ≠ End

3 reasons to send your kids to Sunday school

A recent blog post I wrote gave the wrong impression that we had a bad experience at a Sunday school and that we are unhappy with Sunday schools in general. We want to make it abundantly clear that we believe in the importance of Sunday school for your kids and our kids. Here’s why. 1. Kids hear someone besides you talk about God. Input from mom … Continue reading 3 reasons to send your kids to Sunday school

What to expect when God talks to you

Have you ever wondered what it’s like for God to talk to someone? What would he say? What is God interested in talking about? Certainly not the weather, or who won the game, or what was on TV last night…but what? Five men found out. The first was a nomad named Abram (later renamed Abraham). The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your … Continue reading What to expect when God talks to you

Faith muscle

After getting in to Trinity and winning a scholarship, I had that “on top of the world” feeling for about three weeks. But reality has begun to set in, and despite God’s obvious hand in the process there are still some big unanswered questions. Yes, my tuition and housing are covered, but how are we going to afford food? And clothing? And diaper wipes? And all the … Continue reading Faith muscle

Be careful who’s listening

When it became clear last fall that we would be leaving Kazakhstan soon, I started to look for jobs in the USA. It wasn’t an easy process because I was usually either under-qualified or overqualified. I got desperate and started praying more seriously about what God wanted me to do. He impressed on me that I should apply for PhD programs. My wife had been looking … Continue reading Be careful who’s listening

America: back to salesmen and standing in line

We’ve been steadily checking off our list of things to do to become normal US citizens again. First things first in America: a car. From the airport, we were dropped off at a house we were going to stay at for two weeks until more permanent housing became available. The lady in charge of the house said she would stop by to see us around … Continue reading America: back to salesmen and standing in line